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Tuning '77

"Tuning '77" - a seamless audio supercut of an entire year of the Grateful Dead tuning their instruments, live on stage. Chronologically sequenced, this remix incorporates every publicly available recording from 1977, examining the divide between audience expectation and performance anxiety.

Source: all 1977 recordings from's collection, as of 12/05/2012.

Here's a jpg for album art:

(FYI: The two vbr mp3s are the same file, but encoded at two different rates.)


Reviewer: keymanewb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 18, 2016
Subject: Could use a good matrix
Hunter Seamons get on it! I would also like Charlie Miller to remaster please!
Reviewer: Rafi_ifdawn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2015
Subject: My new audio wallpaper
Thank you so much for making this! I was at shows for years and this ambience takes me right back - and its perfect because I can have it on and leave the room and not worry about missing something, but I'm still at the show!

Here's what I would humbly call a companion piece to this, my audio recordings of Rainbow Gathering ambience and musical acts:

Your Tuning '77 is solid gold for the mavens, baffling to everyone else. I love it.

"if you have to ask, you'll never know"
Reviewer: zkdunn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2014
Subject: downloaded over 60,000 times
beat it on down the line...Dead Air lives on.
Mr. Charlie Dunn
Reviewer: theoriginalMaxman2 - favorite - October 16, 2014
Subject: ....
See you in the pit
Reviewer: Igor@win - - June 19, 2013
Subject: all that tuning and:
It's still not just exactly perfect.
Reviewer: PastorTim - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2012
Subject: Brilliant
Absolutely love listening to this, although I have to say that this is about the same amount of tuning from just one night on 12/31/1978. [chuckle...]
Reviewer: jtd7 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2012
Subject: Cover Art
Does anyone have a version of the cover art suitable for a cassette?
Reviewer: hepkat - - December 18, 2012
Subject: Where is the secon flac file?
Just wondering.
Reviewer: converse - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2012
Subject: Too Much fun!
Awesome sound quality of one of my favorite parts of a Dead show, trying to figure out what they were going to play based on the tuning.
The only one I can say for certain that I know where it was from is the first Lady With a Fan opener to Terrapin Station from the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino in '77, the only show I ever attended with a significant "breakout", and one that they opened the show with.
Reviewer: Mr. Insight - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2012
Subject: Name that tune
I just wasted an hour and a half trying to guess which song they were about to play.
Thanks for nothing, Michael.
No, seriously. Thanks. It was actually kinda fun.
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2012
Subject: Step Back
24 hours of take a step back?
Reviewer: Trek1200 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2012
Subject: Great for falling asleep to
I have had wonderful dozing-off experiences listening to '77 first sets over the years. What a pleasant surprise to find this supercut. I will put this on at relatively low volume over earbuds and drift away ... thank you so much
Reviewer: Ouish - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2012
Subject: More ideas
Howabout 3 hours of Bobby sayin, "Well be back in just a little bit." Just sayin...
Reviewer: ehfan4life - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 18, 2012
Subject: play it already!!!
love it !!!! the ultimate anticipation ...jerry i think would love this...prankster stuff all the way!
Reviewer: 42doug42 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2012
Subject: Always new beginnings
Like a pregnant woman. Perpetual birth. A never-ending anticipation of all possibilities. Hinting at the 99 Billion names of God. An undefined expansion not needing destination.
Reviewer: rustystrings - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2012
Subject: Talking about stringing you along...
My oh my, you keep waiting and waiting and you hear a, and waiting and then, and waiting, then the big hint and then waiting...

Reviewer: bkelly911 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2012
Subject: unbelievable
So i have been listening to this while working around the house today.. with folks coming in and out. SOME comments like "wow i knew the dead took along time to tune up but" .. "Oh I know this tune.." "I think we were at this show".. to the stock WTF are you listening to.. etc.. 77 was a year I caught quite a few shows but this blows the mind..luv, or why you did this does not really matter.. the quality is superb.. and you take some of the tune ups right to the door of the intro note on a few occasions..complete with quips and banter, nice job the work of a true mad man ,, or a complete Dead head... be well Merry light of recent events,, we all could use this sort of fun right about now..Music DOES HEAL...
Reviewer: O H Lee - - December 17, 2012
Subject: What he said.
Reviewer: someotherdude - - December 17, 2012
Subject: Where's the epic concert?
After listening to these guys tune up for, like 3 hours, I was expecting pretty much the most epic concert ever.

A concert to follow this much tuning wouldn't merely put hair on your chest, it would put flesh on the bones of the T-Rex at the Carnegie museum in Pittsburgh. And then reanimate the now fleshy skeleton. Then the dinosaur would rampage through the city tossing cars around with abandon and eating investment bankers, politicians, and lawyers.

In fact, while we're on the subject of Pittsburgh, this concert would singlehandedly be so awesome as to breathe fire back into the long-defunct steel mills.

In fact, this concert would be so badass, the earth would depart its orbit to hit the moon. Then the moon would ricochet off of Mars and crash into the sun. Bam! Moon ball, solar pocket - a perfect bank shot! Then the sun would explode.

So can somebody post a link or something?
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